Tajikistan: Chinese workers at metals plant stage protest in demand to be allowed to travel home

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14 June 2020

Chinese workers in Central Asia forced to work overtime despite pandemic fears

Author: Yau Tsz Yan, Eurasianet (USA)

Chinese business briefing: Working overtime, 4 June 2020

Many Chinese workers have been stuck in Central Asia during the coronavirus lockdown, forced to work overtime to meet production quotas.

As a source of raw metals, Tajikistan has become a destination for thousands of low-skill Chinese laborers. How Beijing regards these workers has charged into view during the coronavirus pandemic. Spoiler alert: They are not a priority.

Chinese workers at a mine in northern Tajikistan had been demanding passage home for weeks before learning that a Chinese national in the country had contracted COVID-19. Rumors then spread that two had died. On May 20, around 100 of the miners rioted, reportedly fearful they would not receive adequate treatment in Tajikistan if they, too, were infected. Authorities suppressed them with force. Many Chinese workers are stranded.

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5 June 2020

Tajikistan: Police use firearms to disperse protest by Chinese workers at mining company

Author: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (Czechia)

Tajik Police Use Firearms To Disperse Rare Protest By Chinese Workers, 22 May 2020

Tajik police have used firearms to break up a rare protest by Chinese workers employed by the Tajik-Chinese Mining Company in the northern region of Sughd.

Interior Ministry officials told RFE/RL on May 21 that some 60 Chinese workers had protested in the town of Zarnisor a day earlier.

A spokesman for the Sughd regional police department told RFE/RL that local police shot live rounds into the air to disperse the protesters after it boiled over. No gunshot wounds or injuries were reported.

The mining company's administration says police were called after the protesting Chinese workers refused to stop the rally.

The workers' demands remain unclear, as it is not possible to access them.

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21 May 2020

Tajikistan: Chinese workers at metals plant stage protest in demand to be allowed to travel home

Author: Eurasianet

“Tajikistan sees unusual protests, authorities react with force”, 21 May 2020

In an unusual development for Tajikistan, there have been two episodes of mass unrest… Both were suppressed by force.

Prague-based Akhbor news website reported that a crowd of Chinese nationals working at a metals plant in the north of the country staged an impromptu demonstration… in a demand to be allowed to travel home. Riot police dispatched to the scene, in the town of Taboshar… dispersed the crowd of around 100 people by firing gunshots into the air.

Travel between China and Tajikistan has been suspended since January, as soon as the potential danger of the coronavirus threat became evident. That has left a large number of now-jobless Chinese laborers stranded. According to official data, around 7,000 Chinese nationals live and work in Tajikistan.

Akhbor cited its unnamed sources as saying at least two workers at the Taboshar are suspected to have died with an illness bearing hallmarks of COVID-19. Workers have previously held unruly negotiations with management demanding to be given passage to their home country, but without any breakthroughs, Akhbor claimed. Frustrations culminated… with staff attacking the premises of their company, smashing windows and damaging cars…

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“塔吉克斯坦发生不寻常的抗议活动,当局以武力应对”,2020521

塔吉克斯坦出现不寻常态势,爆发两次大规模骚乱……均被武力镇压。

总部位于布拉格的阿克博尔(Akhbor)新闻网站报道说,一群在塔吉克斯坦北部一家金属厂工作的中国人自发组织了一场抗议活动……要求获准回国。防暴警察被派往现场,在塔博沙尔镇(Taboshar)……向空中开枪驱散了大约100人。

自今年1月以来,随着新冠病毒的潜在危险变得明显,中国和塔吉克斯坦之间的航线被暂停,陆路边境口岸也被关闭。这造成大量处于失业状态的中国劳工滞留。根据官方数据,约7000名中国公民在塔吉克斯坦生活和工作。

阿克博尔新闻援引未具名消息人士的话称,塔博沙尔镇至少有两名工人疑似死于带有新冠特征的疾病。阿克博尔声称,工人们此前曾与管理层进行了非正规谈判,要求获准回国,但没有取得任何进展。失望至极……员工袭击公司的办公场所,砸碎窗户,损坏车辆……

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“塔吉克斯坦發生不尋常的抗議活動,當局以武力應對”, 2020521

塔吉克斯坦出現不尋常態勢,爆發兩次大規模騷亂……均被武力鎮壓。

總部位於布拉格的阿克博爾( Akhbor )新聞網站報導說,一群在塔吉克斯坦北部一家金屬廠工作的中國人自發組織了一場抗議活動……要求獲准回國。防暴警察被派往現場,在塔博沙爾鎮( Taboshar )……向空中開槍驅散了大約100人。

自今年1月以來,隨著新冠病毒的潛在危險變得明顯,中國和塔吉克斯坦之間的航線被暫停,陸路邊境口岸也被關閉。這造成大量處於失業狀態的中國勞工滯留。根據官方數據,約7000名中國公民在塔吉克斯坦生活和工作。

阿克博爾新聞援引未具名消息人士的話稱,塔博沙爾鎮至少有兩名工人疑似死於帶有新冠特徵的疾病。阿克博爾聲稱,工人們此前曾與管理層進行了非正規談判,要求獲准回國,但沒有取得任何進展。失望至極……員工襲擊公司的辦公場所,砸碎窗戶,損壞車輛……

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